Please email our Volunteer Coordinator if you’re interested in volunteering but please read the following information carefully beforehand.
The GABS volunteer family are the heart and soul of our event and it simply couldn’t happen without them. This year, volunteers are needed for the following five shifts:
Friday May 23rd: 10.45am – 4.30pm
Friday May 23rd: 4.30pm – midnight
Saturday May 24th: 10.45am – 5.30pm
Saturday May 24th: 5.30pm – midnight
Sunday May 25th: 10.45am – 5.30pm
Volunteers must arrive on time for their shift as there will be a short briefing you must attend.
Where will volunteers be required to come for their volunteer shift?
GABS is being held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Nicholson St, Carlton, Melbourne May 23-25, 2014. The venue is centrally located and there is good public transport.
You do not have to be from Melbourne in order to volunteer for GABS.
What will the volunteers at GABS do?
There will be a range of volunteer roles and each will be integral to GABS’ success. Among other things, we are looking for enthusiastic people to help with:
1. Front desk and customer service; greeting festival attendees
2. Beer service; pouring beer and serving attendees
3. Bar and exhibitor stand support; helping keep the beer flowing and all the bars and stands working well.
The Volunteer Coordinator will work to place volunteers in the range of roles available, and will provide detailed information about those roles prior to the event.
Do you need any qualifications or special skills to volunteers at GABS?
If you are reading this, you already hold a key qualification – an interest in volunteering!
We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers who work well as part of a team and can follow simple directions. We are particularly keen on volunteers who have a passion for craft beer and at least a basic level of beer knowledge. However, you don’t need any qualifications or special skills.
If you choose to register for volunteering, we will ask you if you have a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate or any hospitality or customer service experience. This information will help us allocate volunteers to roles appropriate and make best use of your skills.
If you have some specific skills that you think would be useful to us, feel free to email Stephanie Coutts, our Volunteer Coordinator.
What do you get for volunteering at GABS?
Every GABS volunteer can attend another session at the festival for free along with the GABS Souvenir Glass, Official Guide and the new Craft Beer Passport with $360 worth of savings at leading craft beer bars, bottle stores and brewery cellar doors.
All volunteers will also receive an exclusive GABS volunteer t-shirt to wear during their volunteer shift (and after the festival). They will also now receive $20 worth of tokens for food during their volunteer session or food/ beer during their free session.
Along with the tangible perks, all volunteers will get to meet like-minded people and have a great time during their volunteer shift.
Do you get to drink beer while you are volunteering?
We know there will be the temptation to drink while volunteering BUT we need sober volunteers. This is why all volunteers will get to attend another session at the festival for free.
It is our expectation that volunteers don’t drink during their shift. This will ensure that they can successfully fulfil their volunteer roles in a safe and responsible manner. This is consistent with our goal that the festival promotes responsible drinking and the appreciation of craft beer.
Do you get a break while volunteering?
We will aim to ensure that all volunteers get a break during their volunteer session. These will be managed by supervisors and team leaders on the day and will not be planned in advance as we need to be flexible about the timing.
What do you have to wear while volunteering?
All volunteers will receive an exclusive GABS volunteer t-shirt to wear during their volunteer shift. Otherwise, jeans or other pants, and flat, closed-toe, comfortable shoes are all that is needed.
How do I find out if I have been chosen as a volunteer?
Volunteers from previous years will be invited to return this year first but we will be in contact with all people who have registered their interest in volunteering approximately six weeks before the event. If you have any questions before that time, feel free to email our volunteer coordinator.
What happens if I have already bought a ticket to GABS?
We will arrange a refund for the ticket you purchased!
If my friends register, how can we ensure that we are working together?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be allocated volunteer roles with any friends or relatives if you volunteer together. However, you can arrange to attend the same free session, and enjoy the festival together.
How do I register my interest in volunteering?
If you’d like to be considered for one or two sessions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Steph Coutts, and she will be in touch.